Helen Sakharova Captures Eighth Place at NCAA Regional

Sophomore Helen Sakharova
Sophomore Helen Sakharova

New Haven, Conn. (March 12) – At the NCAA Fencing Northeast Regional Championship on Sunday, MIT sophomore Helen Sakharova (Ridgewood, N.J.) secured eighth place in the epee competition, resulting in the highest Division III performance for the weapon. Senior Jessica Li (Englewood, Colo.) ranked 17th in foil, marking the best finish in her career. In her first appearance at the event, sophomore Amnahir Peña-Alcántara (New York, N.Y.) placed 35th among the sabre qualifiers.

Epee

 

Helen Sakharova Eighth Place
(Career Best) 
Pool Round 1: Bye Pool Round 2: 5-1
- Won 5-3 vs. Shawn Wallace (Harvard)
- Lost 5-3 vs. Katie Angen (Columbia)
- Won 5-2 vs. Olivia Xu (St. Johns)
- Won 5-2 vs. Emma Brewer-Wallin (Wellesley)
- Won 5-2 vs. Chandler Coble (Tufts)
- Won 5-4 v.s Rebekah Jones (Cornell) 
Pool Round 3: 4-2
- Won 5-3 vs. Tesla Wells (MIT)
- Lost 5-1 vs. Michelle Nam (Yale)
- Won 5-4 vs. Sharon Ra (Harvard)
- Lost 5-2 vs. Michelle Li (Yale)
- Won 5-4 vs. Signe Ferguson (Brown)
- Won 5-1 vs. Veronika Zuikova (St. Johns) 
Pool Round 4: 4-7
- Lost 5-4 vs. Katie Angen (Columbia)
- Lost 5-4 vs. Mason Speta (Columbia)
- Lost 5-1 vs. Giana Voerheller (Columbia)
- Lost 5-2 vs. Renee Bichette (BC)
- Won 5-2 vs. Samantha Abbott (Sacred Heart)
- Won 5-3 vs. Lucy Friedman (Yale)
- Won 5-4 vs. Michelle Li (Yale)
- Lost 5-4 vs. Katherine Miller (Yale)
- Won 5-3 vs. Sharon Ra (Harvard)
- Lost 5-4 vs. Victoria Wines (Cornell)
- Lost 5-4 vs. Veronika Zuikova (St. Johns) 
Taiylor Nunn 16th Place

Pool Round 1: 3-1
- Won 5-2 vs. Stephanie Cunningham (NYU)
- Lost 5-2 vs. Caroline Kleiner (Cornell)
- Won 5-2 vs. Rebecca Kerzner (Yeshiva)
- Won 5-3 vs. Judine Wattas (CCNY) 

Pool Round 2: 3-3
- Won 5-3 vs. Ella Morgan (BC)
- Lost 5-4 vs. Signe Ferguston (Brown)
- Lost 5-2 vs. Veronika Zuikova (St. Johns)
- Won 2-1 vs. Olivia Weiss (Vassar)
- Won 5-1 vs. Eileen Wang (NYU)
- Lost 5-3 vs. Michell Nam (Yale) 
Pool Round 3: 2-4
- Lost 5-3 vs. Rebekah Jones (Cornell)
- Won 5-1 vs. Hannah Bennett (NYU)
- Lost 5-3 vs. Victoria Wines (Cornell)
- Lost 5-3 vs. Samantha Abbott (Sacred Heart)
- Lost 5-4 vs. Katherine Miller (Yale)
- Won 5-4 vs. Katie Angen (Columbia) 
n/a
Tesla Wells 20th Place Pool Round 1: Bye
Pool Round 2: 3-3
- Won 5-4 vs. Hannah Bennett (NYU)
- Won 5-0 vs. Liz Feller (Brandeis)
- Lost 2-1 vs. Ceara Sweeney (BC)
- Won 5-4 vs. Lucy Friedman (Yale)
- Lost 5-2 vs. Victoria Wines (Cornell)
- Lost 5-3 vs. Sharon Ra (Harvard) 
Pool Round 3: 1-5
- Lost 5-1 vs. Michelle Nam (Yale)
- Lost 5-4 vs. Sharon Ra (Harvard)
- Lost 5-3 vs. Helen Sakharova (MIT)
- Won 5-4 vs. Michelle Li (Yale)
- Lost 5-2 vs. Signe Ferguson (Brown)
- Lost 5-2 vs. Veronika Zuikova (St. Johns) 
n/a

 

Foil

 

Jessica Li 17th Place
(Career Best)

Pool Round 1: Bye

Pool Round 2: 4-2
- Won 5-2 vs. Renee Pite (Brandeis)
- Won 5-4 vs. Rachel Yuen (NYU)
- Won 5-1 vs. Hannah Contreras (CCNY)
- Won 5-1 vs. Sarah Pak (Yale)
- Lost 5-3 vs. Hali Nelson (Harvard)
- Lost 5-0 vs. Iman Blow (Columbia)
Pool Round 3: 1-5
- Lost 5-1 vs. Hali Nelson (Harvard)
- Lost 5-3 vs. Joanne Carminucci (Brandeis)
- Won 5-1 vs. Rachel Yuen (NYU)
- Lost 5-3 vs. Natalie Young (Harvard)
- Lost 5-3 vs. Sarah Pak (Yale)
- Lost 5-1 vs. Iman Blow (Columbia) 
Karen Gu 25th Place Pool Round 1: Bye Pool Round 2: 2-4
- Lost 5-1 vs. Joanne Carminucci (Brandeis)
- Won 5-4 vs. Kayla Moy (BC)
- Lost 5-1 vs. Taylor Hood (Wellesley)
- Won 5-3 vs. Yaeli Lora (Hunter)
- Lost 5-3 vs. Natalie Yang (Harvard)
- Lost 5-1 vs. Lyubov Kiriakidi (Cornell)
n/a
Cheyenne Hua 30th Place
(Career Best) 
Pool Round 1: Bye Pool Round 2: 1-5
- Lost 5-3 vs. Chaya Schapiro (Brandeis)
- Won 5-3 vs. Ebba Brunstrom (Brown)
- Lost 5-1 vs. Julia Telischi (Cornell)
- Lost 5-1 vs. Sara Taffel (Columbia)
- Lost 5-1 vs. Liana Yamin (Harvard)
- Lost 5-0 vs. Anna Zhou (Yale) 
n/a

 

Sabre

 

Amnahir Peña-Alcántara
35th Place Pool Round 1: 2-2
- Lost 5-2 vs. Meg Harney (Wellesley)
- Lost 5-4 vs. Madeline Barowsky (Wellesley)
- Won 5-1 vs. Nayab Ajaz (Tufts)
- Won 5-0 vs. Jessica Chen (Hunter) 
Nicole Kogan 37th Place Pool Round 1: 2-2
- Won 5-3 vs. Michelle Rangel (Hunter)
- Lost 5-1 vs. Lianne Doctor (Hunter)
- Lost 5-3 vs. Laura Broffman (Brandeis)
- Won 5-3 vs. Jasmine Davis (Wellesley)